Dealing with difficulties

Despite their good intentions, many people simply do not complete their learning because they hit some kind of difficulty and do not have a strategy for coping with it. This is equally true whether you are completing an MBA, learning how to put together a new piece of furniture, or coaching a local children's football team. Whatever the learning, there will be moments when you get stuck. You will feel frustration, anger, even despair. It is at these moments that you need some good coping strategies.

Intelligence, as Jean Piaget said many years ago, is "knowing what to do when you don't know what to do."

You probably know the popular television game show in the UK—exported to the US and other countries—called Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Contestants are tested on their knowledge and each time they answer a question correctly, the prize money doubles until it reaches the magic figure of one million. As you can imagine, the atmosphere becomes more and more tense as the show progresses. It is, in fact, a good example of learning under pressure. If contestants are stuck, they can get help by telephoning a friend, asking the audience, or going 50:50, reducing the possibilities to two of the four options. The first two strategies involve getting support from someone else, while the third reduces the odds somewhat. It is still up to the contestant to reject or accept the advice they get, but the problem has been shared.

There are some useful tips for the lifelong learner here! When you get stuck you need to have good strategies for sticking with the problem. As the saying goes, there is no gain without pain. And this is equally true for learning.

The Swedish company Celemi lists "competence-enhancing customers" as one of the measurements on its Intangible Assets Monitor under the heading "Our people." The implication is quite clear. If your staff have lived through a difficult and challenging assignment with a client, they will be the stronger for it.

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

How To Accomplish More In A Fraction Of The Time

The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.

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